This has been an exciting and busy week of learning and events for TIS Puchong. On Wednesday, I had the pleasure of addressing the Secondary School at their assembly. The focus was the recent Diversity Week and the efforts of certain students of making this event a reality and one that raised a significant amount of money for two very deserving charities. The importance of respecting and understanding the myriad of different cultures that exist around the world cannot be overstated as such understanding promotes unity and opportunity for all concerned. I was very proud not only of the organising committee and of Chung Kit, the initiator of the project ably supported by Ms. Carly but also of all our students and parents who so selflessly supported this important week of learning and celebration. 

In this Newsletter, details of the launch of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (also known as the International Award) for our Year 9 students in September  can be found. In 1956, the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award grew out of the efforts of three men -HRH Prince Philip, Kurt Hahn, a German educationalist, and Lord Hunt, leader of the first successful ascent of Everest - who were aware that young people’s development was lacking in certain key areas.

Global expansion over the last 50 years has enabled the Award to reach more and more young people. Today there are over 140 countries and territories delivering the Award – 63 of these on a national basis. However, the Award is now expanding in other ways, targeting those who have not previously had opportunities to develop themselves. Recent Award projects around the world have focused on involving young offenders, those with disabilities, street kids and aboriginal communities. The impact of the Award on many of these young people is extraordinary: it transforms their lives. 

Our students will initially undertake the Bronze level award that will involve fitness, service to the community, skill development and an expedition. Mr. Mark Kelly, the Director of Sport will be the coordinator and will be asking students who expressions of interest from next week. I encourage all Year 9 students to involve themselves in this rewarding and useful experience.

Finally, thank you to those parents who have completed the parent survey.  For those who have not, please can I ask you to do so as your feedback and views are both welcomed and respected.  Further, they offer us the opportunity to improve the experiences for you and your children at TIS Puchong.

Wishing you a restful weekend and a positive week ahead.
 
Kind regards,

David Flint 斐迪偉
Principal of Taylor’s International School Puchong